The interview is critical point in the recruitment process. In fact it is too important there are usually two to three interview stages for one job opening. The interview is the first time an employer or client interfaces with a candidate. This is a make or break moment, the time where you get to know more about your candidates and determine whether you would want to make the commitment to work with one of them. Since an interview is that important, below are 5 Tips to help you make that interview count.

1. Know the Role

And I don’t mean knowing a “job description” but well beyond it. The job description doesn’t show a person. It is a list of items that the potential candidate or contractor needs to deliver to you. Thing is you will not be working with a list but with people and as such you need to know whether the candidate you are talking to can deliver the minimum requirements of your job description. This is where your understanding of “Competencies” come into the picture. Competencies are the knowledge, skills, abilities, and personal attributes of a person. Understanding how to do competency based interviewing will help you in making sure you hire the best person for the job.

2. Read Up on the Candidate

A common mistake of hiring managers is not doing their research of the candidates prior to the interview schedule. Reading up on the candidate allows you to have an idea of candidate’s competencies and experience. You can use this information to compare the candidate vis-a-vis the job description allowing you to write relevant questions. Which leads us to point # 3.

3. Ask Relevant Questions

I’m sure knowing if your candidate can golf  will do wonders for your social life but it may not contribute much to completing the work that needs to be done in the workplace.  A method done in competency based interviewing is the S.T.A.R. method. When doing this, a candidate is asked if they can remember a time in their career they found most challenging they are then asked questions related to:

  • Situation: What was the situation at the time?
  • Task: What are you supposed to deliver for the client/manager/customer?
  • Action: What did you do to deliver on your task in spite of the situation?
  • Result: What were the results of your action?

4. Have an interview form handy

An interview form functions as a guide that will help you stay on track in the interview. Some interviewers use the candidate CV as their interview guide. Some companies will have their own templates ready for use.

5. Take notes

Found something impressive? Write it down. Saw a red flag during the interview? Take note. With all the candidates you will meet it will be difficult for you to remember them all, especially those items that made significant impressions.